Jane Austen

Jane Austen was the master of the marriage plot. But she remained single.

The great English novelist Jane Austen never met her Mr. Darcy in real life. In fact, Reader, Austen was a master of the marriage plot but never married. Her beloved life partner was her sister Cassandra, also a spinster. The sisters shared a bedroom in a country cottage during the last eight years …

Literature

Last-Minute Giving: 10 Books That Will Make Great Gifts for Every Reader

Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian<p><i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> was a phenomenon, and chances are good that there are more than a few E.L. James fans on Santa’s “naughty” list. If you’re looking to start a fire on Christmas morning, then skip the coal and slip a copy of <i>Darker</i> in their stockings …

Culture

The Dunciad: Giles Coren's sexist attack on Jane Austen has unpleasant echoes of Alexander Pope

In his latest documentary, and accompanying article, Giles Coren reinvents himself as a literary critic. The problem is, he’s not a very good one.<p>If …

Literature

19 Romantic Comedies For Women, By Women

Don't deny it. You love a good rom-com. But what might make you love them even more is if they had a more feminist touch. Specifically, you might …

Filmmaking

Jane Austen: A role model for the #MeToo generation

This week in 1815, Jane Austen was preparing for her 40th birthday on Dec. 16. But rather than looking forward to the gifts she might receive, her thoughts were occupied by what she was in a position to give. “Emma” would soon be published, and Austen was entitled to complimentary copies. Feeling …

Entertainment

Property 2017: Thirteen of the best houses we wrote about

A lockout, a boat lift and a sale that nearly never happened - our writers pick their favourite homes<p>27 minutes ago<p>41 Niall Street, Stoneybatter, …

Real Estate

At ART, ‘Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility’ is on a roll

CAMBRIDGE — Oh, dear reader, Jane Austen is alive and well and rolling on casters at the American Repertory Theater. Playwright Kate Hamill’s …

Literature

24 Best Books to Gift to the Strong Feminist in Your Life - Signature Reads

Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870<p>Laurel Thatcher Ulrich won the Pulitzer Prize. She also gave feminists one of their most memorable catch phrases: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” Now, in an unexpected move, she has turned her attention to women who have …

Culture

25 Instagram Captions For Fireplace Photos That Are Cozy As Hell

There's a therapeutic factor to fireplaces, which is ironic, because fire is so often associated with destruction. When those lovely flames are …

Dating

The World’s Most Expensive Presents review: a ballgown for your dog, anyone?

This grotesque display of pricey Christmas gifts is pointless, immoral and horrid. Plus – the hateful Giles Coren hates Jane Austen<p>I haven’t even thought about, let alone done, my Christmas shopping yet. Perhaps I’ll get some ideas from <b>The World’s Most Expensive Presents</b> (Channel 4). Well, it has …

UK News

Choose your own adventure – how tech is changing TV

Streaming networks such as Twitch and Amazon are working on interactivity - the industry’s next big thing<p>At the start of the latest season of a hit TV detective series, interviews are taking place to find a new recruit to the murder squad. As the DCI grills the contenders, viewers decide, via an …

UK News

Best Romance Covers of 2017

The romance cover is a highly idiosyncratic art from. There's usually a clinch—two very attractive people in each other's arms, maybe with clothes …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, From Jane Austen To Georgia O'Keeffe

Support the news<p>Theater, fine art and jazz are the themes of these week’s picks, though there is plenty of variety to be found within the categories …

Art

Cat Person is 'mundane', Austen is 'dross': why do so many men hate female writing?

Giles Coren hates Jane Austen so much he’s made a TV show about it, and men are tweeting their disdain for Kristen Roupenian’s New Yorker short story. It’s all part of a modern literary witch-hunt<p>Although you might expect to see “short story” in a sentence topped and tailed with “is the” and …

Women's News

This Male Writer Has Decided Jane Austen Is Rubbish

News<p>Giles Coren shows a lot of Pride and even more Prejudice...<p>It is a truth universally acknowledged that Giles Coren can be a bit of an idiot, and …

Literature

Is Harvey Weinstein driving us into Hallmark Channel's arms?

Over the Last 10 days, I’ve watched more couples fall in love in small towns than I care to think about.<p>I’ve seen Christmas saved from Scrooge-like …

Philadelphia

10 Wise Quotes from Authors With December Birthdays - Signature Reads

There must be something about the optimism of early Spring that inspires a lot of babies to be born in December. While a winter birthday isn’t always a treat (just ask anyone who’s grown up receiving dual-purpose Christmas presents), the following authors have given back to the world in the form of …

Culture

Giles Coren aims to prove Jane Austen books were rubbish in new documentary

Giles Coren really doesn’t like Jane Austen, and has gone as far as to make a documentary saying so.<p>Critic Giles has made a documentary, entitled I …

Literature

Why I hate Giles Coren

Honestly, Coren and Austen would have got along famously, because Austen was also a messy bitch who lived for drama.<p>If you see the headline “Giles …

Literature

A bust in honor of authoress and legend Jane Austen's 243 years

Jane Austen is undoubtedly a household name. One of the first female authors of note, Jane Austen and her work are known for critiques of the British …

Literature

Attention 'Pride and Prejudice' fans: Southern Rep has a show for you | NOLA.com

It is a truth universally acknowledged that holiday theater events tend to emphasize the traditional, but you'll see no Scrooge at Southern Rep …

Literature

Tuesday’s best TV: The A Word; The World’s Most Expensive Presents

Series finale brings out the right mix of pain and hope; how do you persuade someone to pay £40,000 for a dog’s ballgown? Plus: Motherland comes to an end<p><b>The A Word</b> <br>9pm, BBC One<p>Dramas as nuanced as The A Word don’t come along too often and must be cherished. Centred on a specific issue, but not at …

TV

50 DIY Reading Challenges for Every Kind of Reader

Looking for some rad reading challenges for 2018? Whether you’re a seasoned reading challenge pro or a total newbie, I’ve got you covered with 50 …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

The Long Weekend: What to do and where to stay in Bath, England, once you've had enough of Roman Britain

The weekend:<p>When it comes to Bath, most Brits think they’ve been there, done that. Once you’ve seen the Roman ruins, the Abbey and Jane Austen’s …

Roman Empire

Locked in a library — and only Jane Austen can help you escape

Montague library finds creative way to attract readers<p>Jane Austen died 200 years ago this year, but fascination around the celebrated author hasn't …

Literature

The Gravitas & Grit Series, Part 4: The Making of the Right Commitment

<i>“What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.” Jane Austen</i><p>We make commitments all the time, through the choices we make. Which person should we …

Jean Paul Sartre

Essay: Literature and politics

Understanding the link between literature and society is a pressing issue writers and literary experts need to address and juggle. A long time ago, a …

Literature

How Long Should You Date Someone Before Getting Married?

So you're head over heels for someone special and you've got marriage on the mind. How long should you wait to take the plunge? Six months? A year? …

Marriage

Getting the book-bee bug creates a lasting inner life

Columnist Uzma Jalaluddin is drawn to a bookcase like a moth to a flame and is hopeful that a love of reading will be passed down to her sons.<p>I love …

Books

10 films to watch if you want to Netflix and chill this weekend

<b>The perfect Netflix and chill movie can be a tricky thing to find.</b><p>You don’t want anything too steamy that will get you in the mood too soon.<p>You don’t …

Netflix